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MELISSA BLOCK, HOST:

The screams have died down and the playoff beards are coming off, but hockey fans in Southern California are still celebrating. The L.A. Kings won the Stanley Cup last night, the first championship in the team's 45-year history.

As NPR's Carrie Kahn reports, many fans say the long wait just makes the victory sweeter.

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CARRIE KAHN, BYLINE: The screaming and cheering was part relief, part joy for fans last night spilling out of the North End Bar and Grill in Hermosa Beach, southwest of downtown L.A.

The Roger Clemens perjury case is in the hands of the jury now. The panel of eight women and four men began deliberations late Tuesday, after prosecution and defense lawyers made their final arguments.

While the star pitcher's defense called the case "outrageous," prosecutors charged that Clemens chose to lie, mislead and impede a congressional investigation when he testified about performance-enhancing drugs.

Think of tonight's NBA Finals tipoff as an atmospheric game of Rock, Paper, Scissors. Does Heat smother Thunder, or does Thunder storm past Heat?

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RENEE MONTAGNE, HOST:

At last the Los Angeles Kings are Stanley Cup champions. NBC's Mike Emrick had the call last night.

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MIKE EMRICK: For the first time in their 45 year history, a Stanley Cup for Los Angeles. The Kings are the kings.

(SOUNDBITE OF CHEERING)

MONTAGNE: The Kings beat the New Jersey Devils last night 6-1 to win the Stanley Cup, four games to two. NPR's sports reporter Mike Pesca is with us to give us a play-by-play.

Good morning.

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